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Unread 04-18-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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Parking brake cable crimp tool

I changed out my 1990 d35 3:56 to a 1995 d35 4:56 real axel assembly. I rebuilt the brakes and installed the assy assuming that the brake cables would be the same length. Wrong!!! I don't want to go to the trouble of unassembling the brakes to change out and reinstall my old cables. Does anyone know of a crimp tool that will allow me to shorten the cables and crimp new ends.

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Unread 04-18-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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I had a frozen parking brake cable on the passenger side when I rebuilt my rear brakes last year. When I got everything back together, the parking brake would pull unevenly due to stretch in the drivers side. I ended up cutting a slot in the appropriate length of aluminum sleeve which I slipped over the cable and held in place with a couple of cable clamps. It was a cheap solution to compensate for the difference and get them to pull evenly, albeit not the most elegant one.

In your situation, I'm not aware of a crimping tool for those cables. I think the factory ends are actually fused to the cable since they will have a lot of pressure applied to them. Crimped ends would likely slip under that kind of pressure. You might be able to take a piece of steel and drill a hole in it the size of the cable. Then tack weld it at the appropriate length with low amperage and small wire. That would be my best solution for your problem.

Someone else may know of a better option. It may be best to take things apart and use the appropriate length cables. As much as that option would like to be avoided. Hope this response helps.
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Unread 04-18-2010, 01:25 PM   #3
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This is for an 8.8 ebrake, but if you look through it, there's some good ideas that'll probably work for you too....
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Unread 04-18-2010, 01:32 PM   #4
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What you are looking for is a cable swager. They are very common in medium to large aircraft repair shops. They are used to swage stops and fittings on aircraft control cables from 1/16th inch to 3/8ths inch cable.

Locally you can find some hand swager tools at hardware stores. Not as high grade as what the fly-boys use, but adequate.

Alternately, try a local rancher that is using high tensil wire fencing for livestock. The swage tool used for this type fence looks like a big set of bolt cutters, and the swage splices supplied are available in different diameters.

Also, linemen for power companies use a hand swage tool in their work that is similar to what the ranchers use. Again, different size "crimps" are available.

If all the above fails, try the local archery shop. They swage stops on bow cables (but I think their stuff will be too small).
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Unread 04-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #5
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Having been in the garage door business for many years I can positively tell you that you can visit your local garage door company and they will not only have the ability to cut your cables properly (cable, not sheath), but they can also install the swage ends as well.

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